There are lots of different symptoms of IBS, including bloating, abdominal pain, windiness, diarrhoea or constipation (or both!) can be uncomfortable and embarrassing or may be severe enough to get in the way of everyday life.
I agree with previous responses that recommend that you rule out medical issues first. But if all the tests are clear, what then?
There is so much information on the internet (not to mention from well-meaning friends and relatives!) about what diet changes can help your IBS, but you may find that it all seems contradictory and leaves you feeling a little confused!
That’s because there is no single magic food solution to IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a complex issue and can be triggered by any number of foods or environmental triggers, including stress.
For some people, increasing certain types of fibre may improve their symptoms (make sure you also are drinking plenty of water!), but for others adding more fibre can cause more bloating.
Other foods that can trigger symptoms can include fatty foods, spicy foods, coffee etc. Some foods which are fermented in your gut may also make your symptoms worse.
Our clinical approach is to tease apart your symptoms and your food intake to help you identify which foods (or food groups) may be playing a role in your symptoms. I would recommend finding yourself a dietitian with a special interest in IBS to help you take a stepwise approach to doing this.
Liz Beavis APD
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